Killjoy had written this in response to
Yeah, I'm sure it wasn't the dryer, but it was old and we replaced it
before checking the circuit (first the auto-dry went, then the heat went
about a week later, just assumed the dryer had crapped out). After
checking the receptacle, I removed it and checked the wires, something in
the circuit is bad for sure.
It's a single breaker, double-wide, looks like 2x40 amp breakers side by
side, but the handles are attached and flip as one.
I throw it, and the dryer, and range turn off.
If it's only got 2 terminals on it, and the range circuit is working fine,
I guess the dryer wire must be wrecked somehow.
There's no chance a double-breaker would have 4 terminals is there (2 for
each circuit? like 2 breakers with their handles literally glued
(I realize most of my questions could be answered by opening the box
itself, but there's too many people using computers in the house today,
also it's winter in Canada, and I really don't want to cut off power to
the furnace blower if my time in the box is going to be unknown)